/ 21 June 2021

Three coronavirus milestones from further afield

• China says it has administered more than a billion vaccine doses. That includes a whopping 100 million doses that were given in the 5 days to Saturday. About 1.4 billion people live in China, and it aims to have 70% of the population vaccinated by the end of the year.

• More than 500,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Brazil – the world’s second-highest death toll after the US. President Jair Bolsonaro (who refuses to implement measures like social distancing) is under pressure for his handling of the crisis, with protests taking place across the country.

• And the European Council has recommended that EU countries lift their non-essential travel bans with 14 nations, including Australia and the US. It will be up to nations to make their own arrangements, and some like Greece and Spain already permit fully vaccinated travellers.

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